12 May 2017
Palestine Museum of Natural History Acknowledges Generous Contribution of the Government of Canada
On Thursday, May 11, 2017, the Palestine Museum of Natural History (PMNH) and the Palestine Institute of Biodiversity and Sustainability at Bethlehem University held an event to unveil the plaque showing its appreciation to the people and the Government of Canada for their generous contribution. Canada’s support led to the successful completion of an environmental education project titled “Model of Sustainability at Bethlehem University” and contributed to the installation of solar panels on its building.
During the ceremony, the Representative of Canada to the Palestinian Authority Mr. Douglas Scott Proudfoot said, Green economic growth is an objective of Canada, so increasing awareness of sustainable environmental and agricultural practices is a priority for us. Through this model garden project, the Palestine Museum of Natural History created a model composting center, a recycling center for solid waste and trained students in renewable energy. The garden has now become a community participatory center at Bethlehem University.
Brother Peter Bray, FSC, EdD, Vice Chancellor of Bethlehem University, expressed gratitude to the generosity of the Government of Canada and hopes that this partnership will develop. He emphasized the importance of such support in allowing Bethlehem University to keep working toward its mission saying, “This is another example of a candle being lit in the Beacon of Hope.”
Dr. Mazin Qumsiyeh, Director of the Palestine Museum of Natural History and of the Palestine Institute of Biodiversity and Sustainability, thanked the Government of Canada for its contribution to making this dream become a reality and proceeded to give the guests a tour of the facility and the newly installed solar panels.